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By Patrick Madden

D.C. Council Member Marion Barry has been cleared of violating any city laws after awarding a $15,000 contract to his former girlfriend.

Barry says he feels "vindicated" by the Office of Campaign Finance's report, it "admonishes" the former mayor for not disclosing his relationship with former girlfriend Donna Watts Bright-Haup, but says he did not break any laws.

The Ward 8 Council Member was censured by his colleagues on the council and stripped of his committee chairmanship after an investigation by D.C. lawyer Robert Bennett concluded Barry violated conflict-of-interest laws. Barry says Bennet's report was flawed and inflammatory.

"The main lesson I learned is that the enemy, whoever that may be: the media, the public, political jealousies never sleep, never sleep, they are always there 24-7," says Barry.

The Office of Campaign Finance also reccomends that Barry, in its words, "avail" himself with resources on legal ethics and standards of conduct.

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